The Cosmetology Program trains students for a variety of career opportunities in the hair, skin and nail industry. Students are instructed to meet the 1000 hours required by the Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology. Training includes; make-up and skin care, chemical hair services including permanent waving, keratin treatments, haircoloring and hi-lighting. Basic nail techniques including manicures, gel polish and nail enhancements, retailing, professional ethics, salon management and State Laws. Students have the opportunity to further develop skills in a supervised salon setting which is open to the public.


After the completion of one thousand (1000) required hours, and passing the Massachusetts State Board Exam, students are licensed and may be employed in salons or spas that are operated as independent establishments, chain salons, or in conjunction with hotels, department or specialty stores.


Articulation Agreements between Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Cosmetology Program and post-secondary institutions:


Catherine Hinds School of Esthetics


Licenses, Certifications, and Affiliations


  • Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology Operator’s License
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration General Safety 10 Hour Certification
  • CPR
  • Barbicide Certification